Another one that’s popped up at the ongoing Bangkok International Motor Show is the 2013 Honda Accord. The ninth-gen D-segment sedan arrives in Thailand in five variants – 2.0 EL, 2.0 EL Navi, 2.4 EL, 2.4 EL Navi and 2.4 Tech, priced between 1.299 and 1.799 million baht (RM137k-188k).
Honda says the Accord is its first model in Thailand to feature Earth Dreams tech, in the 2.4 litre engine, which produces 174 hp at 6,200 rpm and 225 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 2.0 litre engine pumps out 155 hp at 6,500 rpm and 190 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. Both engines can run on E85 fuel, and are mated to a five-speed auto ‘box.
Among the features on offer are Active Noise Control (emits noise-cancelling sound waves for added cabin refinement), Collision Mitigation Brake System, LaneWatch Blind Spot Display and Active Cornering Lights. Modulo accessories are also available, comprising a subtle bodykit, two choices of rear spoiler, single bar grille, door visors, chrome body mouldings and 17-inch sports rims.
Spec for spec, the new car weighs up to 25 kg less than its predecessor despite being stronger and more rigid. It is slightly smaller too, its length and wheelbase shortened by 76 and 25 mm respectively. Just like the Civic, Honda bucks the trend of growing vehicles, but still manages to offer a larger and more comfortable cabin than before. Rear legroom alone is up by 25 mm, while the boot is 30 litres larger.
Following Honda’s mechanical simplification process apparent in the latest Civic, the 2013 Accord ditches the tried and tested double wishbone suspension setup for simpler and (whisper it) cheaper MacPherson struts up front. The rear multi-links remain unchanged, but electric power steering appears in an Accord for the first time.
As for the Malaysian market, expect the new Honda Accord to make its local introduction as CKD models later in the year, as part of Honda Malaysia’s five new car launches for 2013. Note however that final specs and equipment list can vary from the Thai models, so what you see here may not be the same as what we’ll get. Like what you see so far?